New American Standard Bible
When You said, "Seek My face," my heart said to You, "Your face, O LORD, I shall seek."
King James Bible
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
Darby Bible Translation
My heart said for thee, Seek ye my face. Thy face, O Jehovah, will I seek.
World English Bible
When you said, "Seek my face," my heart said to you, "I will seek your face, Yahweh."
Young's Literal Translation
To Thee said my heart 'They sought my face, Thy face, O Jehovah, I seek.'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face ... - Margin, "My heart said unto thee, Let my face seek thy face." The literal translation would be: "To Thee hath said my heart, Seek ye my face; thy face, O Lord, will I seek." DeWette thus expresses the idea, "Of thee my heart thinks (in regard to the command to seek thy face), thy face, Lord, I will seek." Our translators have given the correct meaning, though the original is quite obscure. The passage is designed to denote the state of the mind, or the disposition, in regard to the commands of God. The command or precept was to seek God. The prompt purpose of the mind or heart of the psalmist was, that he would do it. He "immediately" complied with that command, as it was a principle of his life - one of the steady promptings of his heart - that he would do this. The heart asked no excuse; pleaded for no delay; desired no reason for not complying with the command, but at once assented to the propriety of the law, and resolved to obey. This related undoubtedly at first to prayer, but the "principle" is applicable to all the commands of God. It is the prompting of a pious heart immediately and always to obey the voice of God, no matter what his command is, and no matter what sacrifice may be required in obeying it.
Library'Seek Ye' --'I Will Seek'
'When Thou saidst, Seek ye my face; My heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. 9. Hide not Thy face far from me.' --PSALM xxvii. 8, 9. We have here a report of a brief dialogue between God and a devout soul. The Psalmist tells us of God's invitation and of his acceptance, and on both he builds the prayer that the face which he had been bidden to seek, and had sought, may not be hid from him. The correspondence between what God said to him and what he said to God is even more emphatically …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Prayer in the Unconverted.
Out of the Deep of Fear and Anxiety.
The Acceptable Sacrifice;
I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
This is the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face-- even Jacob. Selah.
I sought the LORD, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.
Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually.
"Seek the LORD that you may live, Or He will break forth like a fire, O house of Joseph, And it will consume with none to quench it for Bethel,
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